Attila (1954 film)

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Anthony Quinn and Sophia Loren in German DVD version of Attila
Directed by Pietro Francisci
Produced by Dino De Laurentiis
Starring Anthony Quinn
Sophia Loren
Music by Enzo Masetti
Distributed by Embassy (US)
Release date(s) 1954
Running time 118 minute
Country Italy, France
Language Italian
Box office $2 million (US)[1]

Attila (Italian: Attila, il flagello di Dio; French: Attila fléau de Dieu) is a 1954 Franco-Italian film co-production, directed by Pietro Francisci and produced by Dino De Laurentiis. Based on the life of Attila the Hun, it stars Anthony Quinn as Attila and Sophia Loren as Honoria, with Henri Vidal, Irene Papas, Ettore Manni and Christian Marquand. Scott Marlowe (1932–2001) made his screen debut in this film. It was an enormous box-office success, earning $2 million in the first ten days of its release. Along with The Pride and the Passion and Houseboat it was Loren's biggest success in the 1950s.


The story is set in 450 A.D. The Huns, a horde of barbarians from the distant deserts of Asia, move toward the rich western lands of Germania, led by a savage chief, Attila.

Ezio, the Roman general, is the only person who knows Attila was in a continuation of legation with the Huns for years.[clarification needed] Enzio and his companion Prisco carry a message from the Roman empire of Ravenna to the Hun's king Rua. After reaching their palace, Ezio learns that the king died, and that two brothers Bleda and Attila are now ruling the Hun kingdom. Bleda favours peace and tolerance, but Attila is at odds with him, and a tension develops. The two brothers battle, Attila wins, and declares himself the sole leader of the Huns, riling them to support his aspirations of conquering the Roman Emperor.

Ezio returns to Rome as a general, but dies in battle. On the eve of victory, Attila takes his son Bleda, (who was named after Atilla's brother) to the battlefield to witness their helpless situation. A wounded Roman soldier fires an arrow at Attila, but misses, and hits Bleda, killing him. This traumatizes Attila. Finally on their way to Rome, they will face a sacred procession of people, lead by Pope Leo. Attila is about to kill the Pope, but Leo says to him calmly, "You can kill everybody...old people, women, children. But remember, Attila, innocent blood won't be washed away. It will come back to you." Attila turns back towards the Alps, leaving Rome untouched.



Joseph E. Levine bought the US rights to the film for $100,000 and spent $590,000 on newspaper advertising and $350,000 on radio and TV. It paid off and the film earned over $2 million.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Scheuer, P. K. (1959, Jul 27). Meet joe levine, super(sales)man! Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File). Retrieved from

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